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The Devil is in the Details

Bubba Murray

WCR bout

WCR bout

When you blog for Columbia College Chicago, you realize that every week is something different. Sometimes, it’s a story of triumph. Sometimes, it’s a story of betrayal. Weeks ago, I blogged about knowing your surroundings. I touched on how a crew member got lost on the way to a shoot and how lessons were learned. Looks like this week is a story of comeuppance. Mine.

I was getting ready for a big roller derby bout shoot. I was so amped up I reserved a camera two weeks in advance to make sure that we had two to cover the event. The week of the project I was so excited to get the camera I went through the checkout process too quickly. I used this camera over ten times in the previous three weeks and never had a problem.

Best View in the House

Best View in the House

When we set up at the bout, I put the card in the camera and got an “sd card error.” This means the camera would not record images onto my data storage device. I figured my card was faulty and put in another. I got another error. My stomach sunk. I wanted to curse God, gremlins, and the film cage, but I only had myself to blame.

Eagle Eye View

Eagle Eye View

Luckily, we had another camera. We were able to get the shots we needed, but I didn’t get what I wanted. I should have known better. I didn’t do what I was supposed to do. I should have checked everything and taken care of the details. The lesson learned on this shoot goes for any project. Do not take short cuts. I’m serious. Don’t do it. You must check out the details at the beginning of a project or they will come back and ruin you. The devil is in the details…It’s never made more sense.

The Devil is in the Details

My stomach sunk. I wanted to curse God, gremlins, and the film cage but I only had myself to blame.

Film & Video - Cinema Directing MFA Bubba Murray, james.murray2@loop.colum.edu
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